Membership Information

Why become a member of the Elks?

When you join the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, you are entering a family of nearly one-million upstanding American Citizens who love our country and desire to preserve its cherished institutions, traditions and values.

The Anchorage Elks Lodge is more than just a club where you can go and enjoy a couple of beverages or have something to eat. Elk members are "Good People Doing Good Things." Of course, one cannot deny our Members like to socialize and have a good time at our Lodge, but we also never lose sight of our Order's guiding principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity. We have a number of charitable projects and initiatives each year. We invite you to explore our programs and learn more about the good things we do.

As a member of the Anchorage Elks Lodge, you will have the opportunity to meet new people and share your talents (and maybe even acquire some new ones!) while having fun and contributing to the community as a supporter of our many benevolent and charitable activities.

Our Lodge is designed to provide a friendly atmosphere to socialize with other Members and guests while enjoying great food and beverages. We have a number of annual events that are both family friendly and fun for all ages! They include our St. Patrick's Day Dinner (March), Murder Mystery Night (July), the Annual Bacon Cook Off (August), our Elktoberfest celebration (October), Kids Halloween Celebration (October), Christmas Parties for adults and kids (December) just to name a few!

In addition, Members have the opportunity to take advantage of our banquet facilities to host a variety of activities like birthday parties, wedding receptions, anniversaries, work meetings, class reunions or fundraisers for local non-profits at reasonable rates.

Another benefit of your Elks membership surfaces as you travel across our great country. Elk Members are invited to stop into other lodges around the state and nation and they will welcome you with open arms as a member of our Order and a lot of them have RV facilities exclusively for Elk Members. Finding a friendly place to stop on the road has never been more true than with the Elks!

Our state major project, the Alaska State Elks Youth Camp, is another reason why it's great to be an Elk member! This camp serves underprivileged and deserving youth ages nine through thirteen with more than 200 children having the opportunity to enjoy a true camp experience each year. The camp setting includes 80 acres just outside of Sutton where the children enjoy a wide variety of activities that are not only fun but teach them life skills, communication skills and give them the confidence they need to be successful.

Every summer, the Anchorage Lodge sponsors ten deserving youth from our community to this camp each year at no charge to the youth or their family. For more information about the Youth Camp, visit the Alaska State Elks Association website.

We're able to support our charitable programs through grants provided by the Elks National Foundation, various fundraisers, charitable gaming (pull tabs and raffles), the generosity of our Members and by making our facilities available for use by local Non-Profits.

The Value of Membership

As a member in good standing of the Anchorage Elks Lodge #2868, you will receive:
  • Member key card which allows you to "buzz in" the Lodge and also welcomes you into any other Lodge in the United States.
  • Subscription to our monthly newsletter which keeps you posted on all the Lodge activities.
  • Subscription to The Elks Magazine, a professional monthly magazine covering Elkdom on a national level.
  • Special invites to Members Only functions, which typically include great meals and local entertainment.
  • Voting privileges at all Lodge meetings, which allows you to help guide the Lodge and its charitable giving.
  • Access to numerous scholarships available only to children and grandchildren of Elk members.
  • Satisfaction & Peace of mind knowing you are among a group of people who value their community and work hard to sustain its vitality!
How To Join

To be eligible for membership in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, you must be:
  • a citizen of the United States over the age of 21
  • who will pledge the allegiance to and salute our Flag
  • who believes in the existence of God
  • proposed by a member (of any Lodge of the Order) in good standing
You or the Elk member who proposes you for membership must obtain a Membership Application from the lodge. If you are new to the area or simply don't know an Elks Member, please feel free to stop into the lodge and we will work with you to find a sponsor.

Complete the application following the instructions and answering all questions. Return the completed application to the Lodge Secretary (or the Lodge) with the prescribed Application Fee. Your application will be read at a regular Lodge meeting. It will then be forwarded to the Investigating Committee, who will call you and set up a time for you and your sponsor to meet with the committee so that they can interview you. After the interview is concluded, the committee will report to the Lodge concerning your membership. The members will be given a notice not less than 10 days nor more than two months before the vote will be taken. When the vote is concluded, you will be notified and asked to present yourself and your spouse for orientation. You can also fill out an Elks Membership Inquiry Form online and it will be submitted to the nearest Lodge to you.

During orientation, you will learn more about our programs, activities, committees and charities. You will also be told during the program the date you will be initiated. After initiation as an Elk, you can take part in all meetings and social functions of the Lodge.